Hey, Red Sox. Don't Poke a Stick in the Cage.
Despite the many worthy candidates, including Herman Cain, we just have to award a special "What were they thinking?" communications award this week to the marketing team of the Boston Red Sox for their invitation to "Jingle Your Way to Fenway." The invitation arrived in my email box yesterday morning. Here's part of the cheery message:
"Fans showed so much creativity with the Jingle Your Way to Fenway contest last year that we just had to bring it back! To enter the contest, you must submit written lyrics to a creative holiday jingle about the Red Sox. It should be a catchy combination of holiday spirit and passion for the Red Sox. Your song could be your very own tune, a famous rhyme, a well-known rap, or set to a classic carol! We will select the top six submissions from fans in New England. The bar was set high by last year's winners; make sure to view their videos for inspiration."
Do they not know the anger still simmering among their fan base? Have they never listened to the complaints on sports talk radio since the Red Sox historic collapse this September? Not to mention it's only been two weeks since their general manager left. Do they really want to invite that kind of vitriol to the tune of holiday carols?
My contribution probably will be on the mild side, I would bet:
[To the tune of "Jingle Bells"):
Chomping thru the game
On chicken wings and fries
Then it’s on to beer
We’re only six games out
Video games are cool
More fun than watching games
What fun it is to chomp and slurp while our lead goes down the drain
Bring those wings, pour that brew, Sox are on a roll
We may not make playoffs, but who cares, we still get paid
Skip that run, drop those weights, fitness isn’t fun
Winter’s coming, we’ll be golfing, fans can go to hell
Good luck, Red Sox, digging through some fun musical rants.